What can you expect to find when you visit a worship service at the Ashville Road Church of Christ? Here are some answers to questions we are frequently asked about our services.
When & Where?
Due to COVID-19, we are only holding Worship services at 10 a.m. on Sundays and Bible class at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
On Sundays, our Bible classes start at 9 a.m. Worship follows that morning at 10. That evening, we have another worship service at 5 p.m. Wednesday nights, we have a devotional and Bible class at 7 p.m.
Our address is 1401 Ashville Road, Leeds, AL 35094.
What should I wear?
We do not have a dress code. Because it is worship, you will want to be modest. Most people at our services wear their best to church, but “best” varies from person to person.
You’ll see everything from jeans and polos to suits and ties on Sunday morning.
What is worship like?
Our worship consists of five expressions: prayer, singing, teaching, communion, and giving. Worship is “corporate,” meaning everyone is encouraged to participate.
We sing a capella. We do not use musical instruments in our worship. The problem is not with instruments themselves. We have just found that the Christians in the New Testament worshiped with only vocal music (Mt. 26:30; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; Heb. 13:15), and we feel it is important to follow that practice.
We take communion every first day of the week (see Acts 20:7). Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a memorial with two emblems: unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine. Jesus instituted this meal to commemorate his death (Mt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-25). The bread represents his body, and the fruit of the vine represents his blood. Christians partake of the Lord’s Supper to remember the Lord’s sacrifice for sin. Communion is a privilege that belongs to God’s children. Whether or not you take communion is your choice. No one is coerced to participate, but we do ask every worshiper to examine himself or herself to be sure the Lord’s Supper is taken in a worthy manner (1 Cor. 11:27-29).
Christians do give to the Lord on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-2). But, as with communion, giving is a personal decision. We do not expect our guests to make a contribution unless they are moved to do so.
What about childcare?
We have a nursery for children who are two-years-old or younger to the left of our foyer as you come in. Feel free to leave your child with one of our nursery attendants during worship.
A training room has been set up for children who are older than two-years. This room is equipped with sound and video so that you can still worship even if your children get a little rowdy and you need to take them out of the auditorium.
Do you have devices for the hearing impaired?
We do. Just ask one of our greeters for assistance when you arrive.
What should I bring?
All you need is an open heart and a Bible. If you don’t have a Bible, just ask. We’ll be happy to provide you with one.
We hope to see you soon!